No, not the frozen pizza brand.
So, to further broaden my scope of westerns I added in a couple I’d never seen before: Pale Rider, yet another Clint Eastwood special; and Tombstone, with Kurt (Disney-owns-my-ass-and-always-has) Russell, Sam (If-this-isn’t-the-biggest-mustache-you’ve-ever-seen-you’re-fibbin’) Elliott, Val Kilmer and some other chumps like Powers Booth, et. al.
In addition, we grabbed a copy of Kevin (I-have-a-sissy-voice-and-can’t-act) Kostner as Wyatt Earp. So I sat through four westerns in two days. Wyatt Earp was almost the life of Wyatt Earp in real time. JEEZ!! Two discs long. UGH. And BORING. Crikey. END IT, already.
Pale Rider is very similar to another movie made previous called Shane. It has that supernatural/paranormal element of which I am so fond, but in many ways, it was just another version of High Plains Drifter. Clint likes his ghost cowboys. I do too, but c’mon … gimme some variety, willya?
Tombstone, however, was great. I thought it was flat out great. I loved it. I loved the tension, the action, the characters, the dialog, the acting, the setting … it was an awesome movie. And if I ever run across it for sale somewhere, I’m going to buy it. That one will go into my permanent collection. (So will Unforgiven, do y’ken.)
So, that’s that for movies lately. I hate to be difficult, but I didn’t find The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to be the holy grail of westerns, let alone all movie-dom, but I did like it. It would’ve been better had about an hour been left on the cutting room floor, but that’s just my opinion. I liked it; it was, as I said, decent. I didn’t think it was great, and that’s what I think. If you don’t like that, too bad. (You know who you are … don’tcha? Eh?? EH??)
But I still hold Unforgiven as the best western I’ve ever seen, followed by Tombstone, then High Plains Drifter, then GB&U, then … well, I’ll hold the other slots open for a bit. There are, after all, more westerns to see. I have to catch up to The Outlaw Josey Wales on this trail somewhere, and maybe I’ll even indulge in the other spaghetti westerns in the GB&U trilogy. Even if some of you don’t think I should because I don’t worship at the altar of GB&U as the best movie ever.
I’m up to my neck in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, and I just cracked the sixth book of the seven book series. I’m in the final bend, I guess. This one’s a bit shorter than some previous entries (book five was a hair over seven hundred pages and book seven is more than eight hundred), so I should be able to wade through this one – under five hundred pages – in a timely manner. IF I get reading time in, that is. Movies have sort of taken precedence over all lately.
Sorry I’m late with this post. I’ll try and be up earlier tomorrow and we can talk about something else.
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